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“Should Buddhist Meditation Make You Happy?” Evolutionary pyschology to confuse buddhists?

December 30th, 2012 · No Comments

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/12/should-buddhist-meditation-make-you-happy/266703/

I’m not sure how to explain this irony of detachment-induced warmth. Maybe, though in theory you’re distancing yourself equally from positive and negative emotions as you meditate, you’re actually cheating, and doing selective distancing. Or maybe a feeling of affinity–with our environment, with other creatures–is a kind of default state, and we revert to it when more transient and superficial feelings, both negative and positive, are stripped away. But that doesn’t make immediate sense to me in terms of evolutionary psychology, my basic paradigm for viewing the mind, and I’m not sure it even accords with mainstream Buddhist doctrine.

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